Paul Nicholls, the Somerset trainer, has broken his own 15-year-record for prize-money accumulated by a trainer in a jumps season in Britain, collecting a total of £3,646,585. He achieved the feat with a third and fourth in the final race of the campaign, beating the record set in the 2007-08 season when Kauto Star, Denman and Master Minded were among the flagbearers. Nicholls was crowned champion trainer for the 14th time at Sandown on Saturday, and he praised a team effort for the success.
Despite disappointing results in some races, the day improved as Knappers Hill won the bet365 Select Hurdle, scooping £45,560. In the last race of the season, Samarrive and Iceo finished third and fourth, earning £4,186 and £2,093, respectively, and breaking the record by just £74. The £74 accounts for around 0.002 percent of the prize-money earned in the season. Nicholls had said breaking the record was a target after landing two winners at this season’s Cheltenham Festival.
Bravemansgame, the King George winner and Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up, was the highest-earning horse for Nicholls in Britain this season, earning £332,129. Pic D’Orhy, Knappers Hill, Greaneteen, Stage Star, Frodon and Hitman also achieved six-figure earnings. The yard sent out 161 winners, the third-highest for a season, and Nicholls also pointed to a big campaign for Harry Cobden as another highlight. The stable jockey was highly praised for his efforts on Nicholls’ Cheltenham Festival winners Stage Star and Stay Away Fay in March.
Cobden was stood down on Saturday after falling on Enrilo in the bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase. Despite the disappointment, Nicholls hailed the team effort “to be proud of.” The record-breaking achievement reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the yard, and Nicholls’ praise is a testament to their contributions.